Spain vs Iran : Costa gets lucky goal

Diego Costa- cropped

Diego Costa's third goal in two matches at the World Cup has lifted Spain to a 1-0 win over a stubborn Iran side Wednesday.

But Iran will be boosted by their 1-0 triumph over Morocco on matchday one, a win which has seen them top Group B. Portugal and Spain drew 3-3 in their tournament opener last week.

Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time.

Chris Fox: Ronaldo's hat-trick and Kane's last-minute victor have just been overshadowed by the Iran throw-in as the moment of World Cup so far.

After a pass from Andres Iniesta comes through Costa gets the ball under control and dribbles it before curling it into Iran's net, therefore scoring the opening goal for Spain.

Ezatolahi thought he had pulled Iran level shortly after the hour but his close-range finish after a scramble was ruled out courtesy of VAR after Rezaeian had strayed into an offside position.

Spain and Portugal are on four points, while Iran is on three, making the last group stage match between Portugal and Iran a massive one with huge implications.

Alistair Bruce-Ball: "30 seconds left for Iran".

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz had rung in the changes, dropping captain Masoud Shojaei and forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh to the bench, while recalling holding midfielder Ezatolahi from suspension and promoting Mehdi Taremi.

Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed high and controlled much of the game but found it hard to threaten against Iran's 10-man defence.

Nothing to worry about, it's only the World Cup.

Indeed, despite having the worse season in Madrid this past term, Asension looked to be what was needed more so on the night, a more direct runner of the ball with a better eye for goal.

One of those goals came from a goalkeeping howler from David de Gea, which have also turned the spotlight on the goalkeeper's form going into the second game at Kazan.

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Hierro said De Gea was ready to play after taking a day off with his parents, which allowed him to put the tough match against Portugal behind him.

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